Dalmatians were first bred to run alongside carriages and guard horses in Croatia in the 17th century.
Medium-sized, athletic build. Short, sleek coat with distinctive black or brown spots on white background.
Energetic, playful, sensitive. Bond closely with families but need proper socialization with kids and pets.
Require vigorous daily exercise like long walks, hiking or running. Do best with large yards.
Shed year-round so benefit from weekly brushing. Use a rubber grooming glove to remove loose hair.
Respond best to positive reinforcement with firm, consistent training from an early age.
Prone to deafness, bladder stones, and skin issues. Lifespan is 10-13 years.